Washington Post: Buried underground gave him time to think about a second career in Americana

The more I do this, the more I like hearing stories about how people figure it out.

“It” being life, betterment, the path to success.


photo by J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post

Eddie Papczun’s path was non-traditional. Part of his life took him 100 feet beneath the Midwest prairie, where the 55-year-old former Cold War warrior served as a launch officer for a bunch of nuclear missiles.

From humble beginnings, with guidance and motivation from the Air Force, he became a guy who started with nothing and now sells to people who have everything.

The Air Force “was a confidence-builder . . . being part of something that was greater than me,” he says.

Papczun owns the Great Republic, a guys’ store with two upscale locations: one in downtown Washington’s new CityCenterDC and one in a Colorado Springs hotel, a jog from the Air Force Academy, from which his wife graduated.

The Great Republic isn’t Costco.

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